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Ben Jordan:
Paranormal Investigator
Bjlogo.gif
AuthorFrancisco Gonzalez
Designed byFrancisco Gonzalez
Berian Morgan Williams
Additional Puzzles
(Cases 1 & 2)
Programmed byFrancisco Gonzalez
Edmundo Ruiz
GUI Assistance
(Case 2)
Music byAndreas Slotte
Sound Effects byAdam Hay
(Case 4)
LengthMedium
LanguageEnglish
AGS Games page

Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator is the main title of a series of 8 games made in AGS by Francisco "Grundislav" Gonzalez, each game being a separate "case" investigated by Ben Jordan, the protagonist and player character. Each game features the main title and a subtitle, usually relating to the plot of the case. The series distinguishes itself from other games about paranormal investigating in that many of the paranormal phenomena are taken from real-life legends and folklore.

Plot

While each case in the series features a self-contained plot relating to the current investigation, the author has hinted that there is an overall story arc linking all the games together. Observant players may be able to pick out plot elements which play key roles in later games from the cases currently available.

Games released so far:

Case 1: In Search of the Skunk-Ape

Case 2: The Lost Galleon of the Salton Sea

Case 3: The Sorceress of Smailholm

Case 4: Horror at Number 50

Case 5: Land of the Rising Dead

Case 6: Scourge of the Sea People

Case 7: The Cardinal Sins

"Case 8: Relics of the Past"

Characters

The Ben Jordan games have been praised for having strong character development, even in the earlier, shorter episodes. As of the third and fourth games, there have been several characters who have become important to the series.

The Ben Jordan series is one of the relatively few AGS games that uses Sierra-style speech (speech includes close-up portraits of the characters faces), compared to the majority of AGS games that use LucasArts-style speech (text above characters). Most of the characters portraits used for dialog were redrawn in Case 5 to have a more serious disposition and will presumably be used in all games following it.

Spoiler warning:
You may not want to read on if you have not completed the games!

Ben Jordan

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Ben Jordan is the main character of the series, a young man from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in his early twenties who has recently graduated college with a degree in International Relations. However, his dream is to be a paranormal investigator. Ben is curious, brave, and altogether likeable, but unfortunately for him, seems to suffer from the bad luck of losing people he becomes close to. As a result, he has become wary of getting too attached to people, and becomes angry more easily than before.


Percival Quentin Jones

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A professor of Criminology at Oxford, Percival Quentin Jones met Ben Jordan in Smailholm, where he was investigating the murder of the two children there. At the time he was rude and condescending towards Ben, but his attitude quickly changed after the case was solved, and he was quite helpful during Ben's investigation of the Horror at Number 50. Not much is known about Percy, but his final comment at the end of Case 4 would suggest that there is more to him than he lets on...He is revealed in case 7 to be part of a very powerful cult.


Mary Blaine

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A young Scottish lady, living in the village of Smailholm. Ben met her while she was in jail on the accusation of being a witch and having murdered the two McBee children. In reality, this was all an elaborate setup by the entire village who were witches, and wanted to lure Ben in to be their sacrifice. Following the "good" ending of Case 3 as canon, Mary found herself falling in love with Ben because of the kindness and compassion he showed her, and Ben fell for her as well. Unfortunately, she was killed by Zortherus, which upset Ben greatly. In Case 5, she appears in Ben's dreams telling him to reconsider his decisions.

Simon Booth

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An English ghost hunter from Birmingham, Simon is an outgoing, likeable guy. He and Ben met outside Number 50, Berkeley Square, and the two quickly became friends.


Alice Wilkins

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A young lady from Sacramento, California, studying parapsychology at Harvard. Oddly, her name also appears on a tombstone in Ben Jordan 3. Alice was also present at Number 50, and took a liking to both Ben and Simon. Although she and Ben share much in common, Ben seems reluctant to become romantically attached to her. Whether or not this will change in future episodes remains to be seen...At the end of case 6, they go into a relationship.


External links


AGS Awards for Ben Jordan 3
Preceded by

Bestowers of Eternity

Best Story

in the year 2004

Succeeded by

Prodigal

Preceded by

Fatman

Best Player Character

in the year 2004

Succeeded by

Emily Enough

Preceded by

Spellbound: A Clive Mandrake Adventure

Best Documentation

in the year 2004

Succeeded by

Anna

Nominated for:

Best Game, Best Dialogue, Best Supporting Character, Best Music in 2004

AGS Awards for Ben Jordan 4
Preceded by

Apprentice 2

Best Game

in the year 2005

Succeeded by

Trilby's Notes

Preceded by

Two of a Kind

Best Gameplay

in the year 2005

Succeeded by

Duty and Beyond

Preceded by

Apprentice 2

Best Dialogue

in the year 2005

Succeeded by

The Shivah

Preceded by

7 Days a Skeptic

Best Sound Effects

in the year 2005

Succeeded by

Ben Jordan 1 Deluxe

Nominated for:

Best Puzzles, Best Player Character, Best Music in 2005

AGS Awards for Ben Jordan 1 Deluxe
Preceded by

Ben Jordan 4

Best Use of Sound

in the year 2006

Succeeded by

A Tale of Two Kingdoms

AGS Awards for Ben Jordan 6
Nominated for:

Best Game, Best Gameplay, Best Dialogue, Best Puzzles, Best Player Character, Best Music in 2007